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to be real -- the change house to be real. i think president assad has to respond to this aspiration of his people rather than resisting it. >> for more on that resistance, i spoke with the u.s. state department's formal -- former special advisor now out the atlantic council's career center for the middle east. thank you for coming in. believe me, they are trying to be diplomatic. it is time for assad to go, but is he making any push to go? >> i think is going to be very difficult for him to be -- to make progress in light of what president assad had to say a few days ago in the damascus opera house. i think that mr. beldini -- mr. bohimi at this point is placing an emphasis on getting support from americans and others. the transitional government of national unity, so to speak, that the united states and russia would try to then sell to the u.n. security council. >> is there any indication that moscow is prepared, or moving toward the decision of putting its eggs in assad's basket is not the thing to do? are you seeing any shift in russia's position? >> i do not detect a shift in the posit
prolonged period change house to be real -- the change house to be real. i think president assad has to respond to this aspiration of his people rather than resisting it. >> for more on that resistance, i spoke with the u.s. state department's formal -- former special advisor now out the atlantic council's career center for the middle east. thank you for coming in. believe me, they are trying to be diplomatic. it is time for assad to go, but is he making any push to go? >> i think is going to be very difficult for him to be -- to make progress in light of what president assad had to say a few days ago in the damascus opera house. i think that mr. beldini -- mr. bohimi at this point is placing an emphasis on getting support from americans and others. the transitional government of national unity, so to speak, that the united states and russia would try to then sell to the u.n. security council. >> is there any indication that moscow is prepared, or moving toward the decision of putting its eggs in assad's basket is not the thing to do? are you seeing any shift in russia's position? >>
. troops that are level to assad have captured most of the strategic suburb in the capital of damascus. since the uprising in syria begin two years ago, united nations says 60,000 people have been killed. this year the u.n. envoy dealing with syria predicts the total to hit 100,000. as all this violence rages more than 50 countries or calling on the security council to bring in the international criminal court. corner powell is live with the latest. >> reporter: a letter will be handed over to the u.n. security council referring syria to the international criminal court. with this move it opens up syrian leaders for prosecution for war crimes. as the diplomatic move is occurring the violence in syria is also still maintaining the same type of brutal pace we've seen over the course of the last two-year. syrian rebels say they have captured a base in the north. assad regime has used air power to bomb civilians across syria. rebels rocket launchers and tanks and with the capture of this air base they will be able to limit the number of air strikes that syrian jets are able to launch in no
and missiles. and defiant new remarks by al assad are dashing hopes the fighting will end anytime soon. cnn's nick payton walsh is in beirut. >> reporter: france today echoed western condemnation of assad's speech on sunday. saying he was in denial of reality and, quote, not fooling anyone. i think what we can really take away from his very defiant tone in front of loyal crowds in a theater in damascus is really the end of all efforts for a peaceful settlement by u.n. and even by moscow's diplomats. there had been such high hopes that it would result in some sort of nudge towards assad giving a political concession or finding some kind of settlement. the way ahead, many fear, is the escalation of violence as we go into the military end game here. assad clear he's simply not going to give up power. as that violence escalates, of course the concern is for the humanitarian situation. half a million refugees registered in syria's neighbors. fears that will mount by hundreds of thousands if the violence escalates. the larger fear now in the months ahead. bitter chill of winter hitting these peop
but also undermining those efforts by saying that the removal of president assad from power cannot be a precondition to talks. this comes as rebels have taken control of a strategically government air base in northern syria. syrian military helicopters. rocket launchers and tanks. >> for months syrian jets have pounded rebel fighters and civilians from above. some of the regime air strike is crucial to the opposition. particularly as cold winter weather has limited ground operation. with the help of god, we will not stop this rebel says no matter how difficult the circumstances become. if it's cold or snowy, we will persist until we are rid of this regime. set back as syrian troops reportedly took back control of a suburb outside damascus that rebels held fighting has intensified near the capital in recent months. on monday, 15 nations will submit a letter to the u.n. security council requesting that syria be referred to the international criminal court. this move would open up syrians on both sides of the conflict to war crime prosecution. but this latest diplomatic move will do l
with syria's al-assad, with il when he was alive and also, with all of the dictators who seek to harm u.s. interests and our allies. he wants further engagement with them. he doesn't think that we should penalize those dictators and that harms u.s. national security interests. >> kelly: i understand, but if i may-- if i understand, let me point out something that mr. hagel said himself in a recent interview with the "lincoln journal star" which of course is a newspaper in his home state of nebraska. mr. hagel wanted to describe his views as quote, unequivocal, total support for israel and said the distortions about my record, he said, have been astounding. how do you respond to that? does that give you some assurance? because he went on to say that hanging out there in no man's land and follows distortions. what's your response to that? >> that's really such a victimhood kind of response. this man is quite able to respond to this criticism. he can say why he didn't sign a letter expressing solidarity with israel, motherhood and apple pie. why he voted against iran sanctions? he's got at
, hardware, and ammunition. the assad regime allegedly used the base to launch attacks on rebel positions. this amateur video purports to show smoke rising from the base, but cnn cannot independently confirm the authenticity or rebel claims. and the faa has opened an investigation into the 787 dream liner. the move follows a series of mishap, including a fire at a gate and a fuel leak at another. they will look at the dream liner's design, manufacture, and assembly. >>> and the district of columbia police won't bring critical charges against nbc or david gregory because he displayed a magazine capable of holding up to 30 rounds of ammunition on "meet the press." the december broadcast originated here in the district. police say it was a very close decision, but since gregory has no criminal record, he won't be charged. >>> and a live action "star wars" tv series, well, abc says it's looking into it because disney bought lucas films for $4 billion. turns out lucas film actually started work on a "star wars" series years ago and dozens of scripts were written, but they were shelved. he's no
an estimate and the president there, president assad, is refusing to negotiate with rebels and so often we say there is no end in sight to the violence. that's a big question mark about all of that. there are few journalists inside syria so we rarely get to see images like this. often when we show you the images we have to say it is amateur video or amateur photography. not in this case. what you're seeing there on your screen is the anguish of a man who just lost eight members of his family in a government airstrike. it was shot by photographer nicole tong. she just returned from syria after spending months documenting the fighting there. nice to have you in studio. >> thanks for having me. jenna: you just got back, you've been back about three weeks now? >> yes. jenna: how do you feel being back having seen what you have? >> i think it's sometimes, it is a very difficult transition to make because it's hard to, you know, detach yourself and forget about, not forget but just to be very far away from a place that spent so many months inside of. jenna: the conversation here has been continuingl
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